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Govt receives five proposals to set up mega leather clusters

NEW DELHI: As part of the Pre-Union Budget memorandum for the leather sector for the year 2011-12, the Council for Leather Exports (CLE) had requested the Government of India for announcement of the Mega Leather Cluster scheme in the Union Budget 2011-12 and its subsequent notification for setting up of seven Mega Leather Clusters in various states.

Consequent to the Budget Announcements of 2011-12, the Govt has notified the sub-scheme titled “Mega Leather Cluster” on March 20, 2012 under Indian Leather Development Programme (ILDP) for implementation during 12th Plan period to address the infrastructure constraints of Indian Leather Sector.

Five Preliminary Proposals (3 from Uttar Pradesh, 1 from Andhra Pradesh and 1 from Haryana) have been received for establishment of MLCs from industry in November-December, 2012 and considered by the Empowered Committee in its meeting held on January 21, 2013.

This information was given by the Union Minister for Commerce and Industry, Shri Anand Sharma in a written reply in the Lok Sabha on Monday.